Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christ's Love

I just read a great story of Texas football by Rick Reilly. It's about a high school team sharing the love of Christ with players from a state prison. It's good to see people sharing love in such a tangible way. Click here for the full story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Travel

It was a long trip and at times we thought it wouldn't happen, but Carolyn, Elisa, & I made it to Oregon. Our flight out on Saturday was canceled due to the weather in Portland. Carolyn was quick to call United and get us on the next day's flight. As we were checking in at the Tulsa airport for our the connecting flight to Denver, the lady at the counter told us our flight was canceled and that everything to Portland was canceled. I told her that it wasn't yet and we'll take the risk. She thought for sure we'd get stuck in Denver.

Our flight getting into Denver was 1 1/2 hours late and Elisa didn't sleep at all. We had to sprint 24 gates down the concourse to catch our Portland bound plane. Getting on board in time we were very relieved and glad we wouldn't be stuck in Denver. As soon as we got into our seats, tired Elisa just fell asleep in Carolyn's arms and stayed that way the rest of the way. She has really been a good traveler. Our flight into Portland was also late and we finally landed about 1AM.

Once on the ground Carolyn & I couldn't believe the amount of snow. It's really amazing that we caught one of the very few flights allowed to land at PDX all weekend. My cousin landed only 10 minutes earlier than us so we caught a ride home with her and Uncle Rick. By the time we got to my Mom's house in Columbia City it was 4 in the morning (6:00 in Arkansas). The drive out of Portland was very slow because of all the snow and driving with chains. We're grateful we made it and we're enjoying just hanging out and looking out the window. The thought of being stuck in Denver was scary because there would be so many other stranded people, plus all the flights are already full for all the pre-Christmas travel. We're very thankful to have made it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas


We head to the airport tomorrow night for an extended visit with our families, therefore we had our family Christmas gift exchange this afternoon. It was a lot of fun watching Elisa enjoy her presents and the wrapping paper they came in. We then went for an evening walk with a beautiful sunset. No pictures of the sunset, just Elisa.

In other news, Elisa is officially walking. As of Tuesday she just started taking 3-4 step trips around the living room. Today, she took one long journey from one side of the living room all the way into the kitchen. We'll try to get some video sooner or later.

5,000

Shaq is about to reach a carear milestone. Misisng 5,000 free throws. Click here for all the details of how Shaq is the worst free throw shooter of all time.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Elisa's Happy Birthday Video Part 2

Elisa's Happy Birthday Video Part 1

Happy Birthday Elisa!

Today we celebrated Elisa's first birthday. We had a fantastic party and Carolyn & I spent the day in wonder about how much she's changed. Watching her open presents was a lot of fun. Carolyn worked really hard getting everything ready and making a lot of fantastic food. All in all it was a great day and we're so thankful for our beautiful girl.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Apples

I don't know if we've mentioned this before, but Elisa loves apples. If Carolyn or I are eating one, she tries to grab it and will suck on it until we finally take it away. As Carolyn was eating her apple after she got home from work today Elisa wanted some. Once she started it didn't take long before we finally just put her in her high chair and she went after it.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Christmas Tree

One of Elisa's ornaments from last year (this is her 2nd Christmas).

For the first time ever, Carolyn & I decided to get a little Christmas tree. We still bought a fresh tree though. We went small because trying to keep Elisa from pulling it over and away from it didn't sound like a lot of fun. So, here is our Elisa sized tree:




Wednesday, November 26, 2008

She Even Does Tricks

Elisa has learned a couple new things lately. A week or two ago I taught her to High-five. It's really cute because she just raises her hand above her head and smiles. On Monday night her & I were in at J. Alvin's all-hall dinner and during the No-shave November judging (Categories: Fullest beard, Best Neck Beard, Least Facial Hair, & Best in Show) everyone started cheering. Without any prompting Elisa just started clapping along with all the guys. I was amazed. She just did it out of no-where. Now, she does it all the time. Carolyn & I tried to get some video so I'll put that up sometime soon.

Carolyn & I are up tonight just getting ready for the big meal tomorrow. It should be great, and I hope you have yourself a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

An Afternoon Walk

Carolyn, Elisa, and I had a great weekend at home. To cap it all off, we took a nice walk and took some pictures of Elisa while we were out. It was fairly low key weekend and a good downshift after a really busy month. Every night this month we had something planned, mostly having students over. I think all three of us are looking forward to Thanksgiving break and having a long weekend.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Elisa Update

Carolyn has been beating me to the punch on putting up great pictures of Elisa. So, I refer you to Story of My Life for the latest and greatest. I especially recommend these, this, and last but not least this piece of hilarity.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Google Strikes Again

Google has developed a way to track the spread of the flu by monitoring web engine searches. This gives the Center for Disease Control real time information on where the flu is spreading and how fast. Typically the CDC's information is about two weeks behind because they only get reports from Dr.'s after they see sick patients. Click here to see Google's Flu Trends.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sex Slavery

I've known that the tragedy of young girls being made into sex slaves has being taking place in cities around the world. I had no idea that it was happening in Portland. KGW is in the middle of a series explaining what is happening on the streets of Portland.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Photographic Reflection

I found an interesting article that ranks the 5 most influential photos of the 2008 election. Not all of the pics are of politicians, but it gives an explanation for each one and how it affected the race. I found it very interesting how the editors relected on and interpreted the pictures after knowing who won. For those keeping track, Portland made the list with the picture above (I'll let you wait to see where on the list it is). Click here for the article.

Pictures

It was great to have my Mom visit this week. Carolyn put up pictures of all the fun here.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Blazers v. Rockets

I'm still up. It's 12:45AM and I'm really tired, but the Blazer game was on tonight. I almost went to bed during the third quarter, but I decided to watch since there are only so many nationally televised games. It ended up going into a dramatic overtime. Yao made a 1 second left shot and the free throw to accompany it putting Portland down by 1. Blazers only had 0.8 seconds. Never fear....Brandon Roy is here. He nailed a huge deep three for the win. I'll link a clip in the morning, but what a finish. Worth staying up for.

Update:
Click here for highlights of the game.

A Good Day

Yesterday was a very good day. We picked up my mom from the airport in Tulsa and while there we filled up with gas:


Gas under $2 & Elisa getting to see her Grammy. A very good day indeed.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Auto Vote

Did you know? Your car reveals your voting habits. Kelly Blue book has compiled the stats of how likely you are to vote for Obama or McCain based upon the car you drive. For example, 61% of people who own a Subaru will likely vote for Obama. McCain gets the nod for most domestic owners Ford (57%), Dodge & Buick (58%), Chevy (60%), & GMC (61%). After all is said and done, "This year's research shows McCain winning over Obama, 47 percent to 46 percent. But, if you add in the margin of error, it becomes a dead heat. So the Blue Book people didn't predict a winner this year." They did predict accurately the last two presidential elections, so click here for the full article if your interested.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ouch


Okay, injury prone is one thing, but this is ridiculous. After missing all of last year, Oden only played 13 minutes before leaving the game from injury. Blazers don't know how serious it is yet, but this is not promised new beginning everyone was hoping for. Is it possible for him to play wrapped in a protective shell, like the bubble-boy?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Meet Lincoln

Congratulations to Weston, Jenny, & Chandler on the newest addition.

Lincoln James Brock

Born October 20, 2008 - 9 lb. 8 oz. -- 23 in.

Monday, October 27, 2008

RAs


This weekend I had our fall RA retreat. We had a great time and everyone was able to make it both Friday & Saturday night. We were able to work on our vision for the year, watch movies & football, and enjoy the hot tub. There was only one broken nose that culminated with a trip to the emergency room. For those who are counting, that's two years out of three that I had to take somebody to the Grove, OK emergency room during an RA retreat (same Dr. both times).

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Birthday

Ford & GM turn 100 this year. For 77 years GM has been the largest auto maker and last year they lost $38.7 million. The price of a gallon of gas back in 1908 was 18 cents (adjusted for inflation that's $3.90).

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Elisa's First Coke

It wasn't on purpose, but Elisa had her first Coke this weekend. For a while now she's liked to grab the straw of whatever your drinking. Of course she'll put it in her mouth, but she had never mastered the art of sucking through a straw. While having dinner on Friday she finally pulled some through. Shock is a good way to describe her reaction. She stuck out her tongue, puckered her face and let it all dribble down her shirt. It was really cute though.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Pre-season

The Portland Trailblazers have their first game tonight. To help get ready for the season here is an article by ESPN's Hollinger that recaps last year, strengths/weaknesses, and what the outlook is for this year. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blazers Training Camp

The Blazers training camp starts today. This year will be exciting and many expect it to end by making the playoffs. I however, am not so sure they'll make it that far. The thing is, even with Oden being the beast he is, it still takes a year or two to get used to NBA action. He'll be awesome to watch, but he'll get the playing time even if it won't bring a win. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they won't make it. I just don't want the expectation of a successful season to be making it to the first round. In reality last year's record was inflated from where the team actually was at because they weren't on anybodies radar (average out the win streak in December and they aren't close to the playoffs). Consistent play and execution is what would be a succesful season, even if the wins don't come. If you need a little reading to get you excited for the start of the season I've provided links to a couple articles (here & here) that will wet the appetite.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sports Venues

For you sports fans, I recommend checking out ESPN's list of America's 100 most important sport venues. It's a great history lesson that says a lot about where sports has been and how it came to be today. For those who are keeping track, Oregon has two venues that made the cut.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dogs & Bikes

This morning I went on a bike ride with a guy from our church care group. We started around 8:00 and made a nice 30 mile loop into Gentry. It was a great ride because it was a cool morning, but really sunny. A funny thing kept happening though. Dogs were chasing us down all morning. I've never had a dog run at me while riding, but today 4 dogs did. At one point we almost ran over this little yappy Pomeranian that ran right in front of us. There was also a German Shepherd that eyed my ankle pretty good. For a second I thought he was going bite, but I guess I sped up just in time.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fact of the Day

Women purchase 85% of books sold in the US.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mac & Cheese


I simply love the stuff. Always have, always will. It doesn't have to be fancy, the blue box will do just fine. Last week I finally tried Easy Mac. I remember it being around when I was in college and just never gave it a shot. Well, I must say I'm very disappointed. The minutes saved are not worth the flavor lost.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Andrew & Cassidy


Carolyn, Elisa, & I met Andrew & Cassidy in Tulsa for lunch yesterday. The Harpers took time out of their very long road trip of moving to Oregon from Georgia just to see us. It was great to see them and to see Cass pregnant. I'm so excited that they're having a girl. Girls rock.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Street Art

One of the students told me about this last night. Very creative and really cool.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Save the Day

The annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is coming up on Saturday September 27th. It's an annual event that gets you into cool places for free. For those of you in Seattle, EMP is on the list as well as the Tacoma Art Museum & Museum of Glass. Two years ago we went to the Philbrook in Tulsa. I think this year we're heading to the Gilcrease. Anyway, click here for all the info and to find a location near you.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sad Day

Blazers great Kevin Duckworth died last night at the age of 44.

Monday, August 25, 2008

RA Video


Here is the latest video from the J. Alvin RAs. For a little history click here, then here for the video from my first year.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

RA Training

The RAs have arrived on campus and the flurry that is the start of the school year has begun. This week will be full of RA training activities and new student move-in is on Friday. It'll be a busy time, but full of energy and excitement. It's good to have everyone back.

Breaking News

Elisa is officially crawling. She's been "creeping" for a while now, but as of this afternoon she's actually crawling.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

All over the Map

Carolyn just told me about this great website that gives a "tourist map of literature." Literature-Map.com takes the name of any author and plots him or her in the middle of a bunch of other authors that vary in similarity on a progressive scale. It's very entertaining to see what pops up and could help you find a new favorite author.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Weather

I hear it's getting pretty toasty in the NW, which is weird because it's been unseasonably cool here. Carolyn was happy our heat was finally working today during the rain storm.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Chef Was A Spy

Julia Child was a spy, how cool is that? Click here for the article.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bike Accident

We have a bike rack on top of our faithful car that has performed very well. Today, while transporting my mountain bike (to be fixed) I had a little accident. While driving the bike fell out of the rack causing body damage in multiple places on the passenger side of the car. The car ended up with a scratched window, one deep dent (with pain chipped), a couple other dents, and scratched paint.

I think the bike is fine, but I feel really dumb about messing up the car so much. Carolyn asked if I felt better about it knowing the car already had a couple dings when we bought it (that whole the first cut is the deepest thing). I didn't, just foolish for not making sure the bike was in the rack properly in the first place.

Elisa Standing....

Family


Here we are at a wedding last weekend.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lars and the Real Girl


Carolyn & I watched the movie Lars & the Real Girl last week and we really enjoyed it. The Blockbuster description listed it as a romantic comedy, which it totally wasn't. I would describe it more as a character drama. The story centers around the reclusive Lars (played by Ryan Gosling of The Notebook fame), who buys a sex doll on the internet and strikes up an unconventional relationship. Although the story has a sex doll at the center, the movie is clean and language free. It's a moving story about compassion, love, and caring for others that I highly recommend.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Retreats

Monday & Tuesday was our Residence Life retreat which meant I was gone on Monday night. The res. life team started our retreat by heading over to the U of A and touring their residential facilities. They showed us their new building that cost about $80,000 per bed to build. To contrast JBU just finished a new wing on one of our resident halls for only $15,000 per bed. We spent the day on Tuesday on Beaver Lake. It was a great day hanging out on a float boat jumping in and out of the water constantly. It was very hot, though, and sunny.

It hit 100 degrees and although I repeatedly put on tons of sunscreen throughout the day, I'm roasted. Carolyn said it's the worst sunburn she's ever seen me have. Tuesday night she described my back as "glowing" and last night it was fluorescent pink. It doesn't feel too bad; it only hurts when I move. Tonight I'll be gone again on the Student Development retreat here. Our SD retreat will end by going to the Naturals game on Friday night which happens to be the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. I'm going to have to record it.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Shack


There has been much said already about this book and part of me thinks I shouldn't bother. However, by definition this blog exists for giving my thoughts (see name), so I'll proceed. I've talked with people who have absolutely hated it and conversely those who loved it. I decided to go ahead and read it because there are millions of people reading it right now and I want to be able to talk with them about it. I've been trying to live up to something my all-time favorite theology prof (Western's own Dr. Gerry Breshears) said, "Don't talk about it if you haven't read it."

Overall I'm glad I read it and wouldn't say that anyone shouldn't read it. To me, Young's book comes across as pretentious at times and didn't have the best writing. It wasn't written to be a systematic theology even though it deals with theological themes. While reading the Shack it is important to remember it's fiction. Becuase it is fiction and telling an emotional tale I fell there is more wiggle room in the story. I think Young does a very good job of presenting the God as three persons yet one. The Trinity is a hard concept to convey, but I think he does well. Personally, I thought God the father as an Aunt Jemima-type personification was a little over the top, but I understand and appreciate his point (He's trying to break the stereotype that God is a white guy). Through the narrative Young presents a universal salvation that definitely undermines the role of the cross. The argument is made that since God loves all his children, it's inconceivable that he would ever condemn any of them. This undermines the role of Christ's sacrifice and the full character of God (love is the main characteristic presented to the exclusion of many others).

If you want to read more about the Shack from a couple guys who really know what they're talking about I recomend the aforementioned Dr. Breshears and Multnomah's own Dr. Dan Lockwood (Click the names to go to their articles).

Friday, August 01, 2008

Olympics

Here's a little article I found this great ESPN article about Micheal Phelps and what he'll try to accomplish this year. Click here to check it out. It goes into detail about his schedule, explains how he's trying for 8 golds (More than anyone ever in any sport), his diet, and that he "will burn a marathon's worth of calories in the pool every day for nine days, on his way to swimming more than 30 miles."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Philosophy

I guess it comes down to your philosophy of government, but it seems a little over the top for the LA city council to ban fast food restaurant development in the poor section of South LA. I appreciate the government trying to help people live healthier lives (fight obesity), but in a "free market" society should they be able to dictate to this level? They'd be just as effective if they didn't allow grocery stores in that neighborhood to sell soft drinks. I guess I'm working under the biased perspective of seeing a great "fast food" company from the inside prove there is such a thing as healthy locally sustainable fast-food (with green energy no less). Burgerville has plenty of healthy alternatives and even their classic fast food fair is the best you can get.

Monday, July 28, 2008

New

The most recent pictures of Elisa are here.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Air Dryers

Air Dryers in public bathrooms have always bugged me. I've seen this Dyson commercial before:



After watching this I thought, "Yeah, that bugs me too. So Hans, why haven't I ever seen this thingy anywhere before?" They have them at MSP where we got to try it during our layover. I'm impressed. The bonus is it leaves your fingers feeling tingly.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Elisa @ 7 Months

Weighing in at 15lbs and 26 1/2 inches tall.

Summer Weddings

There were a number of summer weddings that we missed out on this summer that we wish we could have been at. Some of them were former RAs: Jason, Chris, Brian, Jared, & Josh all are getting married this summer. It warmed my heart to see this picture from Jason & Ashley's wedding:

Jason's J. Alvin Groom Cake

The Real Life J. Alvin

Past & present J. Alvinites who were at the wedding.

These are the guys I work & live with....It's awesome.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Home

We're back at home. It's nice to be back in our apartment. Elisa traveled well as usual, but for some reason she couldn't sleep on our second flight. So, really she only had about an hour nap on the first flight. Needless to say she was exhausted. In less than three minutes after putting her in her crib she was out. I'd like to be too, goodnight.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wedding Pictures

My Beautiful Girls

Carolyn & me with John & Kristine


John bought a set of 60's era Schwinns as a surprise for Kristine. She didn't know about them until they got on to ride into the sunset.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Get Smart

As part of my best man duties for John's wedding I was able to put together his bachelor party. We got together with some of his friends on Friday night and had a great dinner at a Japanese Steak House in Tacoma. It was one of those "cook your food right in front of you so you can watch the cook flip his spatula and knife quickly and shoot big flames right up in your face" places. Then we hit the batting cages and spent some quality time together before we heading to the theater to watch Get Smart. It was hilarious. I don't know if I was just in the mood, but all of us seemed to really enjoy it. It's very ridiculous and very silly, just like the TV show was. Fantastic.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Weddings, I love weddings!

Well, the day finally arrived. Carolyn's brother John is married. We had a busy week last week getting ready, but Saturday was a beautiful day and we had a fantastic wedding. Kristine was gorgeous and John was very happy. I'm so thankful that Carolyn & I got to be a part of their special day.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Happy Day

Happy Birthday Carolyn! I'm so glad I get to spend this day being especially thankful for you.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Closed

On my way to class today I passed my second favorite bookstore in the world. I was incredibly sad to see that Pilgrim's is Closed! Shut down. Where, oh where will I sell my Christian books that Powell's won't buy?

Sunday, July 06, 2008

More Traditions

Last week we had two huge milestones in Elisa's life. She went to the beach and visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory for the first time. As I see it, by giving her these experiences at such a young age, we've instilled core Brock family values that will last a lifetime (namely: love of beach & cheese).

Elisa & her Great Gramma

Once again...

I've left Carolyn & Elisa for a few days. This time they are in Tacoma and I'm down in Portland for a of theology classes at Western Seminary. I'm pretty excited about it. I'm taking "Mesiah in the Old Testament" taught by John Sailhamer. I just wish I could bring Carolyn & Elisa with me. For now, I'll just settle with some phone calls and pictures.

Monday, June 23, 2008

7 Years



We've changed a little since this engagement picture, but I sure am grateful for the time I've had with my wonderful wife. These first seven years of marriage have been great.


Happy Anniversary Carolyn! Thanks for loving me so well.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nice

Well done Celtics.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

We had a great day today. It involved grilled steak, cold Coke, and playing with Elisa. Unfortunately, Elisa got pretty sick and those two hours of her throwing up were supper sad. She's all good now. She tried eating Rice cereal and something in it didn't do well. I'll get some pictures up soon.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Midnight

It's almost midnight and we're leaving for PDX tomorrow. I'm so glad we're flying this year. Elisa is a good traveler, but 4 days in a car seat is too much for anybody. Plus, we probably couldn't afford to drive back by the time gas prices get up late in the summer. Anyway, we've decided to stop the packing for tonight and head to bed. We leave in the afternoon so we should be ready in time.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

I'm Back

I got home around midnight on Thursday from the conference. We had a good time and my favorite speaker of the week (by far) was Dr. Lauren Winner. She was very well spoken, had a lot of good things to say, and was the only speaker to ask for questions and comments from the crowd.

Some other highlights of the week included meeting 20 or so other new professionals. It was great to make new friends and have contacts outside of JBU. Since we arrived a day early we spent it at King's Island. It was great to ride some coasters and do the whole amusement park thing. It had been a while. We also hit IKEA and the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati. The museum was great and well worth the time.

On the way home we figured out that we had been in 7 states in less than 48 hours (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois).

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ACSD

I leave at 3 am for the annual ACSD conference in Ohio. I'm really looking forward to it, but it'll be pretty lame being away from my girls for a whole week. It's going to be about a 12 hour drive and we need to get there by 5 pm tomorrow, so 3 in the morning it is. That's less than 7 hours away....I guess I better start packing.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tournament of Catan

Carolyn & I joined 10 friends tonight in a Settlers of Catan tournament and I just got home. We've long enjoyed settlers, but the tournament put a whole new twist on it. We had three tables with 4 players each. There were three rounds lasting 45 minutes and each player accumulates points through the rounds (If someone won the game before time ran out they got an extra point). The top four play for the championship in one final game. Going into the final game I was the point leader, but that didn't matter. The points only get you into the final game and the winner of that championship game wins the tourney. I was able to hold out and still win it all.

Naturals

Last night Elisa went to her first professional baseball game. We joined our care group for a pregame tailgate BBQ and to watch the NW Arkansas Naturals. As you can tell, Elisa had a great time.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Donuts

Elisa & I are home alone today. We took Carolyn to the library this morning for work and we then went and got donuts. Donuts on Saturday morning (any morning really) with chocolate milk brings back all kinds of great memories with my family. My Grandad, Mom, and Uncle Rick to name a few, all took me to get donuts with them. It's a long standing Brock tradition and today was Elisa's first time getting donuts with me...just the two of us. Granted, she didn't get to eat one, but I had two on her behalf.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Sonic Mess

The sale of the Seattle Sonics and their potential move to Oklahoma City has gotten very messy. When we were in OKC for the marathon I was amazed at the number of Hornets shirts I saw, these people were great fans to the New Orleans team that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. These people embraced the Hornets as their own and are great fans. They went so far as to approve a sales tax increase with a 62% margin to pay for a $95 million renovation of the Ford Center Arena and $30 million for a new practice facility for the Sonics to move into. ESPN has a great article giving the rundown, but I'll give a summary. Basically the current owner of the Sonics, Clay Bennett, is being sued by the city of Seattle for moving the team before the lease is up. Bennett is also being sued by the old owner (Starbucks President Howard Shultz) for buying the team with the secret intent to move it. Finally, OKC is suing for $150 million if the team doesn't move there.

The people of Seattle have been treated unfairly and inappropriately during this deal. The people of OKC are great fans that want and deserve and NBA franchise. It'll be interesting how this one turns out.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In the Merry Month of May


Since the students left campus life has been a lot more laid back for me. I've enjoyed having a pretty open schedule and the ability to finish projects at my own pace. I have very few standing appointments for now and it makes it great for when friends are here. Our friend Anna came to visit all the way from Arizona. You can read Carolyn's account here.



Friday, May 02, 2008

Tornado

We had our closest call with a tornado so far. Last night a little after 4 am I was awoken to great thunder and the tornado siren. I got up and started the process of waking all the guys up and heading to the basement. This morning a number of trees down around campus, but no buildings were damaged. There was a fatality in town and the national news reports 7 deaths over all from storm. The amazing thing about a tornado is how selective it is. A girl tied on one side of town, but there were just broken branches other places. A whole string of light poles in a row, only one blown over.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Rolling

Elisa had her 4 month appointment on Tuesday. She's 13 pounds 4 oz and 25 inches long now. She's been rolling over for a long time, but this is the first one we actually recorded.

OKC Weekend

We had a great weekend with John & Kristine and I finally got some pictures from the run.
Carolyn & I after 13.1 miles.

John & Kristine after running their first ever marathon! Way to go guys.



The four of us at Pops (a really cool "soda ranch" on route 66).